This is the first of a two-part conversation with progressive activist Tom Hayden. On this show the emphasis is on SDS, the Port Huron Statement, and the Sixties. (In our second interview -- On Jan. 20, 2012 -- we discuss contemporary American society, foreign policy, and progressive politics. That show can be found here: http://www.archive.org/details/RagRadio2012-01-20-TomHaydenPart2)
Tom Hayden was a driving force in the Students for a Democratic Society, the leading organization of the Sixties New Left, and was the primary author of SDS’ “Agenda for a Generation,” the Port Huron Statement, in 1962, which historian James Miller called “one of the pivotal documents in post-war American history.” Tom was a Freedom Rider in the deep South, a community organizer in Newark, N.J., and one of the most visible and articulate opponents of the War in Vietnam. He was one of the Chicago Seven, arrested during demonstrations at the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention.
Tom organized the grassroots Campaign for Economic Democracy in California, and served for 18 years in the California State Assembly and Senate; has recently taught at Scripps College and Pitzer College, Occidental College, and Harvard University’s Institute of Politics; and is currently teaching a class at UCLA on protest movements from Port Huron to the present. Hayden is the author or editor of 19 books.
After over 50 years of activism, politics, and writing, Tom Hayden is still a leading voice for ending America’s endless wars, for erasing sweatshops, saving the environment, and reforming politics through a more participatory democracy. He currently writes for and serves on the editorial board of The Nation; is founder and Director of the Peace and Justice Resource Center in Culver City, CA.; edits the Peace Exchange Bulletin; and is organizing anti-war activities for Progressive Democrats of America.
Host and Producer: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project. Underwriting announcements and recorded music have been removed from this podcast. Running time: 56:49.